Fisheries Technician

Southwest Region, Eagle Fish Hatchery
Application Period: 
2/13/2020 to 2/28/2020
Employment Type: 
Temporary/Seasonal/Part Time
Employment Dates: 

About the position

The Sockeye salmon research group is seeking a temporary Fishery Technician to assist with trapping, tagging, genetic sample collection, angler survey, trawl, and adult salmon hauling activities during 2020. This project handles juvenile salmon (April – June) and adult anadromous sockeye salmon (July-October) as well as angler surveys on Redfish Lake, and trawl surveys on several bodies of water in central Idaho. The official duty station is Eagle Fish Hatchery, but the majority of field activities occur in the Sawtooth basin near Stanley Idaho. Housing, food, and transportation will be provided while in the field (small cabin, camp groceries).

General Information: 
Housing, food, and transportation will be provided while in the field, but will not be provided upon return to Eagle Fish Hatchery.
Incumbents must be able to with or without accommodations lift/carry up to 60 lbs. with occasional lifting/carrying up to 100 lbs. for short distances. Must be able to work in the field for up to five days in a row, working conditions include standing for long periods of time and working in extremely cold water temperatures.
Trap fish to collect biological data, PIT tag fish, collect genetic samples, provide daily reports, participate in angler surveys, assist with trawl sampling, maintain trapping equipment and facilities. Work also includes assisting at Eagle Fish Hatchery with typical hatchery duties (fish culture, mowing, cleaning, grounds maintenance).
Some knowledge of the life history, anatomy, and ecology of anadromous and resident fish species. Good knowledge of fish handling, marking, and PIT tagging (preferred, but not required). Experience recording, summarizing, and analyzing scientific data using personal computers. Experience identifying various fish species, using power equipment, power boat operation, trailer towing skills. A bachelor’s degree, or education towards a degree is preferred. Must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license.
How to Apply

Applicants must first register with Idaho Department of Labor (Reference Job Number 1297838) at

Complete an IDFG application for temporary employment ( go to the About tab, and click on Employment.

Submit a letter of interest, resume, three professional or academic references, and a completed IDFG application for temporary employment (preferable by email) to:

Kurtis Plaster

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

1800 Trout Rd.

Eagle ID 83616

or by fax: (208) 939-2415

Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference. If qualified applicants are found, this announcement may close before the listed closing date.
Kurtis Plaster
208-939-4114 (push 1, then 4)
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